Winky-Dink and You (1953–1957)

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"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static... See full summary »

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Jack Barry ...
Dayton Allen ...
 Mr. Bungle
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 Winky Dink (voice)


"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static electricity. Crayons were used to draw on the screen. When a character needed special help, children would be asked to draw on the screen, give assistance and free the character from trouble. If a character needed to cross a river with no bridge, the viewer would draw a line so a crossing could be made and escape trouble. Jack Barry, the host, emphasized inviting a friend over to watch the program; sharing in the drawing of assistance was also important. Everyone watched and helped winky-dinky in his adventures and had fun. Written by alfred, south carolina

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One of the first interactive T.V. shows. Young viewers could send for a special plastic sheet that clung to the television screen, and crayons for drawing thereupon. Children were encouraged to draw on the screen in order to assist in telling a Winky-Dink adventure story. See more »


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One of the all-time great kid's shows and a truly a pioneer.
12 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this show very much. Some of you older readers might remember a few of the following things after I remind you. The cost of the "kit" was $1.00 (actually that amount was supposed to cover the postage and handling). The address was Winky Dink, Box 5, New York, New York (no NY or zip codes - the box number was sufficient at that time). The items came shipped in a cylindrical mailing tube which you could use to roll up the screen and put it back into for storage. I remember them telling you that Winky Dink would be hiding somewhere in the next episode (they usually showed you a few places where he could be)and then they would put lines on the screen one at a time, which you would trace. And when the last line had been traced you would see an image of the place he was hiding (might be a barn or a lighthouse, etc.) This program was the granddaddy of all interactive videos. It was the internet of that era, in that you had input,(lines traced on the screen),from which you got output, (the images you ultimately created from the lines you traced). I know it all looks hokey by today's standards, but to me it was one of the most enjoyable shows I can remember from my childhood. And a far cry from the Simpsons and Bevis and Butthead...

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